"As people checked in with their respective caucuses, they came back wanting to move the goal post some more. I think we're close. I think we're aiming for the veto session. I don't know how much longer this can go."
Still, last week's news cheered some Illinoisans. The Quad City Times reported that state Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, said he was having lunch with a friend when Cohen's ruling was issued:
"His first thought was, 'When do we get paid?'"
That was Mitchell's first thought? When does he get paid?
I called Springfield to speak with Rep. Mitchell about his first thoughts of getting paid, but he wasn't available.
"His assistant is not in today," said a lady on the phone. "She's out. You try his district office?"
I called his district office. No answer. I left a message, then called again and again and again. Still nothing.
That's unfortunate, because Mitchell sounds like an honest man. He said what came to his mind. The first thing he thought about was his paycheck.
But what about us, the taxpayers? We need to get paid, too, don't we?